Getting caught by the police with a small amount of marijuana will now land you a stiff fine but little else. The Governor today signed companion legislation from the House and Senate that will decriminalize pot possession and change how long some criminal offenders have to wait before applying for some jobs. The Senate bill sets a state wide maximum penalty of a $200 fine for possession of less than 10 grams of pot and then automatic expungement of the item from an arrest record once the fine has been paid.
The House bill takes steps to eliminate the lifetime ban on employment and reduced time frames of prohibited hiring for a number of non-violent offenses for people that want to work in schools. The State Board of Education worked with law makers to craft the legislation.